United States authorities protecting whistleblower in Trump-Ukraine matter, says source

Susan Collins Joins Romney in Condemning Trump for Urging Biden Probe ‘Completely Inappropriate’		Alex Wong  Getty Images Joshua Caplan5 Oct 2019

Addressing reporters after a memorial service for firefighters, Collins was asked what she thought about Republican President Donald Trump asking China to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

"I guess that means that they, along with all of those that evilly "colluded" with them, must all be immediately impeached".

The Democrats said in a letter to Mark Esper that their investigation is focusing on whether Trump endangered national security by seeking foreign interference in the upcoming USA elections and withholding military aid to Ukraine.

However, members of Congress can not be impeached.

A spokesman for Schiff's committee acknowledged last week that the whistleblower approached the panel for guidance before filing his complaint about Trump's efforts to push Ukraine to pursue an investigation into the Bidens, but there is no evidence that Schiff or the panel helped draft the complaint.

At the heart of the controversy is a July 25 phone call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump repeatedly pressured Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son on suspicion of corruption.

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President Donald Trump has continued to act oddly around his impending impeachment, and some have noted that the POTUS is likely playing this card on objective to detract attention away from his main problem.

Portman also said Monday that the impeachment inquiry and the significant attention it's attracting mean "it's going to be even harder" to move bipartisan legislation through Congress.

The first whistleblower wrote a personal memo after the Trump-Zelensky telephone conversation, citing an unnamed White House official as saying that the call was "frightening", Fox News reports.

In the clip, which was dug up by Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, Schiff jokingly tells the Russian shock-jocks, who were posing as Andriy Parubiy, the former speaker of Ukraine's parliament, that he would be willing to accept dirt on Trump from the Ukrainian. President Trump said he said nothing wrong in his "perfect" call with Ukrainian president who later confirmed that he felt no pressure during the call. The legal team claimed that the second whistleblower has firsthand knowledge of the information detailed in the first whistleblower's complaint.

Despite the public evidence supporting the whistleblower's allegations - much of which came from either Trump or the White House - the president and his allies have accused the official of committing espionage.

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